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. in a speech last summer, brennen said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. has turned al qaeda into a, quote, shadow of once was. under president obama, the program has used to take out more than 400 targets in pakistan and the middle east. we'll continue to watch that. >>> potential cuts to the defense department budget are causing changes in the military operation. the pentagon says it will reduce the naval presence sense in the persian gulf. the uss harry trumman to head to the gulf has been canceled. defense secretary leon panetta warns under the automatic cuts, pentagon workers could face additional cuts. >>> vice president joe biden choked up after speaking about the recent tragedy at sandy hook. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> biden may have been made an emotional appeal to house democrats last night, urging them to support the oh bam in administration's gun control agenda as the vice president recounted specific examples
this week showed drones had been cleared for use against u.s. citizens suspected of working as u.s. terrorists. nbc's tracie potts is live. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. in his hearing, brennan strongly defended the use of drones but he distanced himself from questionable interrogation tactics used on terror suspects. >> truth, the full truth and nothing but the truth. >> reporter: it looks like john brennan is gaining the support of several lawmakers, on drone attacks and even americans. at least three killed so far. >> any american who did that should know well that they in fact are part of an enemy against us and that the united states will do everything possible to destroy that enemy to save american lives. >> reporter: drones are used against imminent threats, he said, not as payback. but some are still concerned if it's legal and asked what if the cia takes out the wrong person. >> we've got to see, any and all, of those legal opinions, the ones that the bipartisan group of senators asked for before the vote. >> would that individual please -- >> reporter
are beginning to get answers. u.s. coast guard said diesel fuel leaked from one of the engine return linesn n ton to surface, sparking a fire that knocked out the system. coast guard estimates that a full investigation will take about six months. >>> well, it's time now for the weather. bill karins joins us with the forecast. good morning. >> good morning. storm moving through the west. it's going to be a quick mover. cold temperatures with it. the snow elevations are going to significantly drop. if you look at that spin off the oregon coastline, that's the culprit as it dives now to the south. it's already bringing snow to some elevations and areas of northern california. rain showers elsewhere. here's the pattern. high pressure has protected the west for a while. it's now retreating and moving out as we get a trough moving down from the gulf of alaska. it has cold air with it. it also has enough moisture to produce rain and snow. a little here towards the medford area, especially the higher elevations. eureka, just rain showers for you. this is trying to push its way towards interstate 5 ne
% in january. that's down 28% over last year. the u.s. postmaster general urged congress yesterday not to force mail on saturday calls senators quote the postal service is losing $25 million a day. >> time warner is reportedly in talks to sell "people," in style to the meredith corporation. >>> microsoft's bill gates is teaming up for world hunger. >>> j.b. power and associates says lexus, porsche and lincoln are the 2013 most dependable vehicles. >>> they sell 00 million roses and another 100 million to it on valentine's day week. >>> if you're looking for a romantic getaway, these are trip advice areas top five picking. napa valley's bard da season know, hawaii, new mexico's innerof the five. >>> and history making. original works from one of the first known african-american writers. plus if you're a packrat or hoarder, this story is for you. and a skier with a wildly exciting back flip. we'll have the story. you're watching "early today." >>> welcome back. now to some other stories that caught our eye this morning. in texas packrats beware. one houston home went up in smoke after an unintend
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